Chair sought for the Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy (JAG)
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 13:14
The Royal College of Physicians invites application from persons interested in taking up the role of Chair, for the Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy (JAG).
The JAG is a multi-stakeholder body hosted at the Royal College of Physicians, and provides UK-wide support for endoscopy services to ensure that they have the skills, resources and motivation necessary to provide the highest quality of patient-centred care.
The Chair provides the leadership, direction and strategy for the JAG. The Chair will be expected to maintain and enhance the national and international reputation of the JAG and to ensure its proper governance. The Chair will ensure that patients and all relevant stakeholder bodies and professions are represented on the JAG Committee and are able to contribute to the development of the JAG.
The appointment will be for two years, renewable for a further two years by agreement and will be remunerated on a sessional basis of one PA per week, in line with national consultant pay rates.
Obesity Health Alliance Website Goes Live
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 08:23
The new Obesity Health Alliance website has now gone live. The goal of the Obesity Health Alliance is to prevent obesity-related ill-health by addressing the influences that lead to excess bodyweight throughout life. They bring together a range of leading organisations with expertise in tackling overweight and obesity. The Obesity Health Alliance was formed in 2015. They support policy-making to tackle the social, economic and cultural factors that contribute to obesity and the inequalities in health caused by obesity.
They have also launched a new Twitter account: @OHA_updates
Conference Report: Improving Outcomes for Gastrointestinal Cancer in the UK
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 08:21
On 7 December 2015, the British Society of Gastroenterology and the Royal College of Physicians held a joint conference: GI cancer in the UK: can we do better? The meeting was timely as, although outcomes for patients with most gastrointestinal cancers in the UK have steadily improved in the past 10 years, survival figures remain substantially worse than in many other comparable nations.
An extensive write up of the meeting, covering screening, early diagnosis, specific tumour sites and the interface between primary and secondary care were covered by leading UK experts.
This has been published in Frontline Gastroenterology and can be access through the link below.
UEG Digestive Health Month
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 12:38
UEG Digestive Health Month in May to shine the light on GI diseases in Europe.
The first UEG Digestive Health Month will take place this May to increase awareness about digestive health and to highlight how more funding can help to advance our understanding of related diseases. It will bring much needed attention to gastrointestinal diseases that people often shy away from.
Two of the key initiatives being organised by UEG will be the "Digestive Health and Children" and "Prevention, Promotion and Screening" events to be held in the European Parliament. They will enable UEG members to raise awareness and reach out to policymakers about the rising incidence of GI diseases in the EU and the worrying lack of research funding to address them.
UEG will point out that more than 600 million patients over 60 suffered from a gastrointestinal disease in 2000. This number is expected to double to 1.2 billion by 2025. And yet, GI receives far too little of Europe's current annual health research budget.
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